Friday, July 25, 2014

Review of Nick Ambrosino's "Coffee With Ray"

Review of “Coffee With Ray”
by Nick Ambrosino, reviewed by Melody Payne
“Coffee With Ray” is the story of a piano teacher who has lost his satisfaction in teaching and longs for something more. The piano teacher, Matt, is becoming dragged down by the day-to-day issues that most piano teachers face at some point in their careers: students who don’t practice, who cancel without notice, who have lost their motivation, I’m sure you can relate. During an exceptionally bad day, and through a series of seemingly normal circumstances, Matt met Ray. Throughout their conversations, Ray’s gentle guidance, and Matt’s willingness to learn, Matt slowly overcame his doubts about continuing to teach, gained a new perspective, outlook, and list of priorities, and began to transform into the teacher he needed to become. 
Though the main character in this book is a piano teacher, I think teachers of many different subjects can benefit from the information and ideas Ray leads Matt to discover. I am reminded of my mentor, and the many ways he led me to discover new ways of viewing not only my students, but myself as a teacher. 
Once I began reading this book, I couldn't put it down! Every word jumped off the page with the energy and enthusiasm that made me want to start implementing some of Ray's lessons immediately. I definitely recommend taking a couple of hours from your day to read this book. You positively won't regret it! 
Summer is the perfect time to read this book. If you are doubting your abilities, cringing when certain students enter your studio, need some inspiration and a breath of fresh air, or want to see your students in a different light, this book would be a wonderful addition to your tablet. The book is not only relevant, it is timely, uplifting, and inspiring. 

This delightful and inspiring book can be purchased here. 

Learn more about Coffee With Ray here

About the author, Nick Ambrosino: 

After a long time of being "gently nudged,"  by fellow educators, students, parents, business people and family members, I decided to succumb to their, "You have to put this stuff in a book." anthem.  When I began  to put pen to paper, I thought I would create a textbook.  Ten pages in, I was bored of out my skull writing it and I had the sneaking suspicion that readers would be bored reading it!  "What did I like to read?"  "How did I like to teach?"  Stories, I liked stories that had lessons.  I liked stories because they made the lessons easier to remember.  I liked stories because they had people in them, not just facts.

Read more about Nick and the story of writing Coffee With Ray here

Nick will be writing as a guest on my blog soon, so stay tuned for more of his relevant and inspiring words! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Staff Wars are Retiring!

All of my Staff Wars worksheets will be retired on 7/31/14! If you have already purchased a copy, thank you so much, and please remember to leave feedback in my TPT store  If you haven't yet purchased a copy, grab them now because they'll be gone forever next Friday!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Fun Musical Instrument Resources

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Now that school is out and lessons are meeting less often than during the school year, I've had some time to work on some ADORABLE musical instrument resources that all coordinate with one another. Here's a peek, and here's the link. Hope your students enjoy these fun and vibrant resources!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Super Resources for Music Students

I am so excited to announce the grand re-opening of my store at! Not only is the store open again after a brief closure for renovation, the entire website has a fresh new look. To celebrate this milestone, as well as the one-year anniversary of the store at, every item in the store is 20% off now through June 6. No coupon code needed. There are also a few freebies that are available for download as well! Happy shopping, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beginning Piano MEGA BUNDLE…Excellent resources for your beginners

It's finally here! I've been wanting to share this for quite some time, but I just hadn't had the time to put it together…until today! 

Introducing my newest (and possibly most fun) product… "Beginning Piano MEGA BUNDLE for Elementary Students, Groups, Camps, and More!"

These resources can be used by beginning musicians of all ages. 

ELEVEN amazing items are included in this fantastic bundle, for a total of over 350 pages from which to choose (including title pages, credits, etc.). This bundle includes worksheets that can be printed, worksheets that can be used on iPad, pages that can be projected, individual and group games, and more! Perfect for the private music lesson, elementary music classroom, music camp, and group piano class. 

The following topics are addressed: 
Finger numbers and hands
Piano Keys
Music Symbols
Rhythm and beat

The following items are included in this MEGA BUNDLE:

Give your youngest beginners a solid foundation from the very beginning with this amazing bundle! This awesome MEGA BUNDLE can be purchased in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here. Save 40% off individual pricing by purchasing this MEGA bundle, which is a compilation of many of my very favorite piano-readiness and beginner-piano materials. 

Thanks so much for reading!

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